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Why Detroit for the Final Four?

Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:05 pm

I can't give you a good answer. As you'll see below, NCAA president Myles Brand kind of made an excuse Thursday at a press conference. He says that Detroit was chosen for the Final Four six years ago.

"A lot has happened in six years," Brand says.

That's code for, "Don't blame us." This might sound crass, but Detroit was a dump then and it's a dump now. The difference is the economy has gone to crap. The auto companies continue to build sub-standard, overpriced cars that a growing number of American people don't want. That ads to the economic woes.

The NCAA and North Carolina already suffered a black eye when Carolina guard Ty Lawson admitted Thursday that he won $250 playing craps at a nearby casino.

Ah, good ol' Detroit. At least there is no crime problem and the weather is always good.

Here are some excerpts of a press conference Thursday in Detroit with Brand.

Q. Dr. Brand, downtown Detroit is an interesting location for the
Final Four. One of the attractions is three gambling casinos, and some
of the student athletes have been taking advantage of them and going
to them, quite legally. Is it all right with you if the participants
gamble or do you think it leads to a slippery slope in a sport that
has been tainted by gambling?

 DR. MYLES BRAND: Well, I warn against that slippery slope. It's a
fair question.

 We do not permit anyone connected with intercollegiate athletics to
gamble on sports, pro or college sports. What a student does, plays
bingo in his church, for example, while we discourage that, we prefer
not to try and regulate that particular kind of activity. But it's
highly discouraged.

Q. Can you talk about being here in Detroit, the venue, the job that
they have done to prepare for the Final Four.

DR. MYLES BRAND: Yes. We've decided about coming to Detroit, I think
it was as long as six years ago. A lot has happened in six years. A
lot has happened in the last few months.

Detroit is a wonderful venue. It's really, truly outstanding. And
the city has turned out for it. We're very pleased with the reception
we've received. Everyone has not only been kind, but they've been very
helpful and professional.

We're very pleased to be in Detroit. We think this is a privilege
for us to be here, particularly at this time that Detroit is going
through some difficult financial times itself. We're happy to help and
we're happy to leave something behind, as well.

So Detroit is a great venue for us and we're fortunate to be here at
this time.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Detroit

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2009 2:26 pm

Why Detroit for the Final Four?


Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 1:13 pm

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

"That ads to the economic woes."

Just a terrible column and you do not even know how to correctly spell "adds".  Instead of being so critical of Detroit, maybe you should be critical of your own works first.

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2009 10:52 pm

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

Wow, piling on original.  Do you have any knock knock jokes or "what's the deal with airplane peanuts" bits while you're at it?

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2009 3:51 pm

Why Detroit for the Final Four?


The logo for the Final Four should be a chalk outline.


Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 1:16 pm

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

 Who cares if Ty Lawson played craps in a casino? He's 21, of legal gambling age, it's not like he was out getting hookers...what's the big deal about gambling, so long as the games aren't fixed and teams aren't shaving points?

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2009 11:32 am

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

Agreed!  With the jobless report that came out today, I think it is amazing that the Final Four is in Detroit. What better way to support Michigan and it's unemployment rate.  The state really needs a pick me up and with MSU playing in Detroit, I think it will really give the folks out there something to cheer about.  Looking forward to a fantastic set of games! Go Huskies!

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2009 10:16 am

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

You sound an awful lot like all the other naysayers out there not doing anything to help our nations economy.  You saying that Detroit is a dump and the auto makers making sub-standard cars reminds me of all of you sub-standard columnists.

The choice of using Ford Field has to do with trying to revitalize and bring money to the economy of what is a historical city.  While I do agree that Detroit is in need of a makeover and has it's bad parts, the city just needs some help.  Baltimore, MD was never a very nice city until the Orioles relocated to the inner-harbor and the inner-harbor itself got a makeover.

Instead of complaining about why the Final Four is in Detroit lets look at what we can do as consumers to make it better.


Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2009 9:36 am

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

It's the NCAA's fault for locating the Final Four in a city with legal gambling.  Plus, it sounds like the committee didn't forbid the palyers from gambling either.  Lastly, have any of you played craps??? it's a fun game!!  it has the best odds and is pretty easy to win. good for Ty!

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2009 9:22 am

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

Boohoo, these writers are spoiled as hell.  They get sent all over the country to report on games.  Millions of people pay to watch those games, they get paid to watch those games.  All of the sudden they don't get sent to a tropical paradise for a weekend and it's tears all over their Macbook.  It will be good for them, they will get to see a place that's real, that has a climate where a large portion of the human population lives and works.  A place where people don't sit their fat asses on a beach all day for fun.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2009 8:33 am

Why Detroit for the Final Four?

 "The auto companies continue to build sub-standard, overpriced cars that a growing number of American people don't want."

That used to be the case, but not any more.  Hasn't been for years.  Thanks for perpetuating the myth.  That really helps American auto companies.   Because millions and billions of people read your articles before deciding what car or truck to buy......

And what does the economy have to do with your beef against Detroit?  As you said, it was a dump before the economy tanked.  Actually, it's more fun in Detroit now than it has been in your whole lifetime so I really don't know why you bring up the economy.


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